Krakow, Poland

About this International Study Experience

This unique two-week program, was created in partnership with Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. and Ignatianum Academy, a private college in Kraków, that offered Cazenovia College students a total immersion in Polish culture while living in Kraków, one of the oldest cities in Poland. Kraków's historic center, included as the first of its kind on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978, offers visitors an environment rich in art and architecture with its famous examples of Gothic and Renaissance buildings as well as art galleries and museums. Students had the opportunity to learn about the legacy of communism and visit Nowa Huta - a city district built entirely in the 1950 in the Socialist Realism style.

Students were housed on the campus of Ignatianum Academy, right within the old city center. Their city stay was enriched by trips to the world famous Medieval salt mine and to the southern mountain region (the Tatra Mountains). Polish students also participated in cultural activities to achieve better integration and to learn from each other.

Students from Cazenovia College, Le Moyne and Ignatianum joined together in a course with a focus on leadership, SB/EN 400 Special Topic: Taking Responsibility (3 credits). The course, taught in English by faculty from all three schools, presented a multidisciplinary view on leadership and foreground readings by authors with a close connection to Kraków such as Joseph Conrad and Wislawa Szymborska, a Nobel Prize winning poet. A special course unit was devoted to the Holocaust and included a visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Students had an opportunity to visit American and International companies headquartered in Kraków such as CISCO, Nokia, and Motorola. Students also had an opportunity for further interactions with Polish high school students through a short volunteer program in a city high school.